How much is your time worth? Mine is worth a lot to me and I’m always looking for anything that helps with saving time.
So the fact that I now do about a third of the number of laundry loads that I used to do is awesome. I have much better things to do than loads of laundry every single day.
I’ve owned my new Maytag Bravos XL washer and dryer for over two months and still get a little bit giddy when I fill up the washer with clothes. With a 4.6 cu ft (Maytag’s largest capacity top-load washer) I can fit a LOT in the tub. This thing is huge!
If 4.6 cu ft means nothing to you (like me), let me put it in these terms. I can wash 21 towels at once. TWENTY-ONE towels! My old washer could wash maybe 8? It’s such a nice feeling to put all of one child’s laundry for the week into the washer. Then go get another child’s laundry. Then another. Instead of doing 3 separate loads to clean all of the kids’ clothes, I’m now doing one. It‘s sooo nice.
Look at how much I can wash in just one load:
I wish you could really see how deep the tub is and how much clothing that is. It’s actually so deep and wide that I can’t reach the far side of the bottom. When I’m taking the washed clothes out, I turn the tub to move the clothes around to the front so I can reach them. It’s enormous and I love it!
I don’t have 21 towels to show you, but I did wash 6 bath towels, 4 huge bath sheets and a fluffy pink double-bed size blanket. There was even enough room left for another blanket or several more towels, but I’d run out of clothes to wash. I’m now getting the same amount of laundry done in about 1/3 the number of loads.
I have to brag about the Bravos XL Dryer too. Because I can take these enormous loads of laundry and dry them all at once in the 7.3 cu ft high efficiency dryer. There are so many cool settings like Steam Refresh (just pop a wrinkled blouse in for a quick steam) and bulky (wash and dry thick comforters), but honestly, I use the normal setting almost all of the time. And it’s perfect.
With the moisture sensing technology, my clothes are completely dry, but not overheated or shrunken from drying too long. And those massive loads of laundry are completely dry in less than an hour. My old dryer would keep running to two hours and still never get the clothes this perfectly dried!
So let’s take a look at my old laundry “life” versus my new. :)
1. Put first load of laundry in and run the washer, 2. Move the load to the dryer and begin drying, 3. Wash second load of laundry, 4. Check the dryer several times waiting for the first load to dry so I can dry the second load, 5. Load three sits in a basket on the floor while we wait for the laundry load traffic jam to ease up, then begin all over again. Finally, about 2 hours of washing time, 6 hours of drying time and wasting my time throughout the day loading, unloading, checking and re-checking, I have all three kids’ laundry washed.
1. Wash all of the kids’ laundry in one load. 2. Dry all of the kids’ laundry in one load.
Instead of spending 7 or 8 hours on laundry, I can get the same clothes washed and dried in 2 hours. It is such a difference. I have so many other things I’d rather be doing and now I can do them! I absolutely love it and I can’t believe I spent so many years using smaller and less powerful machines.
And not only am I saving time by working fewer hours on my laundry, but I’m actually saving money too. The Maytag Bravos XL washer uses 76% less water and 78% less energy, making it an Energy Star qualified model. I’m thrilled with my set and definitely recommend considering how they’ll help you save time and money.